If you live near the San Francisco Bay Area, then I encourage you to check out the Serramonte Mall Card Show. It's actually a collectibles show that's held three times a year: January, June, & September.
The June show was held this past weekend and it didn't disappoint. It featured everything from unopened wax, singles, toys, posters, non-sports, movies, and a bunch of other stuff.
Here's a snapshot of what I picked up:
Purchase #1: Routine Max Dime Box Purchase $13
It's been almost two months since I've seen Max, so it was nice to see his dime boxes were reloaded with goodies. An even nicer surprise was seeing his new "75 cards for $5" pricing.
In addition to the 75 singles, I also picked up three of his dollar bin autographs/memorabilia cards and another box of 2009 World's Greatest Chase. I picked up two boxes from him last time and ended up calling myself a "buffoon", so I guess I have no right to complain when I pull a bunch of non-sport junk wax.
I offered to help Max advertise his next show at the Southland Mall in Hayward from July 6th to July 8th.
Purchase #2: Two Sets of 2010-11 Panini All-Goalies $10
I usually walk past the vendors who carry unopened boxes, because I'm not big on busting newer products. But I was bored and figured I might find a cheap $15 box to bust. Well, I didn't find any $15 (non retail) boxes. But I did find these $5 sets. Each of these factory sets contains the 100 card set, 6 parallels, and a memorabilia card. I'm giving one of the sets to my nephew. I'll bust the other one on a future post and give it away in this contest.
Purchase #3: 1970 Topps #189 Thurman Munson RC $30
I had no intention of spending this much on a single card at the show. However, I needed this card for my Thurman Munson Project and absolutely loved the condition. After some negotiating we settled on the $30 price... which seemed pretty reasonable.
Purchase #4: 1992 Skybox USA Wax Box $20
It's been almost 20 years since The Dream Team won the gold medal in men's basketball at the 1992 Summer Olympics. It's arguably the greatest basketball team ever assembled and this product commemorates the team. As soon as I saw it at the show, I wanted it. And after a quick eBay search to see if $20 was a reasonable price, I snatched it up. Stayed tuned for a future box busting post.
Purchase #5: 2008 Max Factory Figma Chunichi Dragons Mascot Figure $5
If you follow this blog on a regular basis, then you know I love collecting Japanese baseball cards. Well... with the addition of this figure, I'm now collecting Japanese figures too. The Chunichi Dragons were the 2007 Japan Series Champions, a team that featured Kosuke Fukudome and Kenshin Kawakami.
Purchase #6: 2011 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead: Season One Set $10
I kicked myself for not grabbing this set at the last show for $5 and wasn't going to let this opportunity pass me by again. I'm counting the months until the third season starts.
Purchase #7: Jerry Rice Jersey Cards $15
Did I pay too much? Maybe. But what I like about these cards is that they're all from an era when memorabilia cards still had respectable COA's and were pretty tough pulls.
Both of the Upper Deck cards specifically state that the swatch is from a jersey worn by Jerry Rice in an official NFL game and were inserted into one out of every 144 packs. And although Topps' COA is non-existent, at least this card was a tough pull. Collectors found these Gallery Heritage Relics at a rate of 1:211 packs (less than 1 per 8 boxes).
Add that to the fact that Jerry Rice is one of the greatest to play the game and I'm content with my purchase.
Purchase #8: 1998 Kenner "Collector Club" SLU Ted Williams $4
I can't resist purchasing these damn figures. The vendor was selling his figures for 3/$10 or individually for $4. I'm a huge bargain shopper who wants the best deal, but I couldn't find anything else of interest.
No biggie... I'm a huge fan of 90's SLU Convention and Collector's Club pieces and will pay $4 all day long for figures I don't already own.
Purchase #9: Michael Jordan Baseball Cards $1
In last week's Cheap, Cool Cards post, bobjah mentioned Michael Jordan baseball cards. I already have a few in my collection, but figured it couldn't hurt to add a few more at 33¢ each.
Okay... there's my long-winded card show recap. Now, I'll pass it off to you.
In your opinion... what were my best and worst purchases?
1 point - Leave your responses below.
2 points - Leave your responses below with an explanation for your choices.
Don't worry about hurting my feelings... I realize that my collecting tastes aren't shared with everyone.
I look forward to reading your responses. Responses for this post will be accepted until Friday at 3pm (PST). Thanks again to all of you who have chosen to participate in my contest.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!